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Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing.

 
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Animal Groups - Benefits and Disadvantages

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Animal Groups
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Animal Groups
Jennifer Valentine
Tucson, AZ
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Some animals benefit from living in groups.

 
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Adaptations and Environmental Change: An Assessment

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems and Biological Evolution
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems and Biological Evolution
Michelle Marcus
Troy, MI
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Assessments are not always multiple choice! This session allows students to observe and make open ended claims, as long as they supply evidence.

 
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Animal Adaptations, Their Best Defense

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Animal Adaptations
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Animal Adaptations
Marybelle Espin
Roselle, NJ
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

All animals have at least one specific trait that helps defend it from predators.

 
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Life Science Assessment: Crayfish

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Structures of Life: Crayfish
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Structures of Life: Crayfish
Michelle Marcus
Troy, MI
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

This session will engage students in compiling information, observations, and investigation data about life cycles, structures and functions, and care of living animals, in order to present to our first graders. This is a performance assessment.

 
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Crayfish and Their Territory

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Structures of Life: Crayfish
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Structures of Life: Crayfish
Michelle Marcus
Troy, MI
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

It is critical to give students time to engage in observation of life in order for them to make real sense of it. This lesson allows for that time, as well as it provides a structure for students to form theories about behavior.

 
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Fish, Vertebrates of the Sea

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Vertebrate Classification
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Vertebrate Classification
Marybelle Espin
Roselle, NJ
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Sometimes the differences in characteristics within the same species provides advantages in surviving.

 
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Who Is the Little Brown Bat, Anyway?

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Engineering and Design: Saving the Little Brown Bat
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Engineering and Design: Saving the Little Brown Bat
Michelle Marcus
Troy, MI
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Students need to know about the bat as an animal, what it's environment was and how this environment met specific needs, so that they can design a house that meets the bat's environmental needs.

 
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Meet My Invertebrate

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Vertebrates and Invertebrates
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Vertebrates and Invertebrates
Marybelle Espin
Roselle, NJ
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Scientists must validate a claim with evidence. Students must give reasons based on facts in order to explain what they see in Science.

 
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Bats and Their Amazing Hearing

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Bats
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Bats
Marybelle Espin
Roselle, NJ
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Using a model helps build a deeper understanding of the animal adaptation phenomena

 
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Create an Animal - Exploring Ideas

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Life Cycles
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Life Cycles
Jennifer Valentine
Tucson, AZ
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Students will create several animals and describe their characteristics, response to the environment, and group behaviors.

 
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Invasive Species

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Natural Resources and Human Needs
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Natural Resources and Human Needs
Chaunetta Anderson
Silver Spring, MD
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Students will view video resources to learn about the effects of invasive species on different environments.

 
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Bats, The Only Mammal That Can Fly

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Bats
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Bats
Marybelle Espin
Roselle, NJ
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Scientists must acquire information from different sources in order to explain a phenomena

 
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Where Do We Go From Here?

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Engineering and Design: Saving the Little Brown Bat
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Engineering and Design: Saving the Little Brown Bat
Michelle Marcus
Troy, MI
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Learning about a scientific concept is one thing. Convincing others to care is another aspect of the science and what students will focus on in these few lessons.

 
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Mountain Gorillas, Natural Resources, and People

3rd Grade Science » Unit: The Mountain Gorilla Dilemma
3rd Grade Science » Unit: The Mountain Gorilla Dilemma
Jennifer Valentine
Tucson, AZ
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Natural resource issues, animal welfare, and the most ordinary elements of our daily life (cell phones, Playstations, laptops) are all connected. Students can understand this and it's an important part of developing world citizenship.

 
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Researching the Endangered Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus!

4th Grade Science » Unit: Thinking, Writing, and Observing Like a Scientist
4th Grade Science » Unit: Thinking, Writing, and Observing Like a Scientist
Mary Ellen Kanthack
Genoa City, WI
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

Students learn to identify valid resources, skim & scan and explore how to fill out a simple research grid as they research a "tree octopus".

 
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